“As Black women, we’re always given these seemingly devastating experiences — experiences that could absolutely break us. But what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly. What we do as Black women is take the worst situations and create from that point…” –Viola Davis, ESSENCE

Award-winning actress Viola Davis is having the time of her life as one of Hollywood’s hottest stars. Despite her evident radiance and mind-blowing talent, she has had to come to grips with a culture that seldom makes dark-skinned women feel like “the chosen ones.” However, during her recent successes, including her Oscar-nominated performance in the film “Doubt,” she feels more like a “princess” now than ever before.

As she anticipates the release of her new movie, “The Help,” Davis shares her story of growth and acceptance with writer Lola Ogunnaike in the August issue of ESSENCE.

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